Unity Worldwide Ministries History

The Association of Unity Churches was created in the mid-1960s to serve the needs of the churches and ministers throughout the movement.

As the Unity movement was growing, it became increasingly complex to manage the needs of the field ministries. In the mid-1960s, Unity School of Christianity suggested that Unity ministers form a group to support the work of the churches. This resulted in better services for the churches and ministers.

Our organization overarching/ongoing services include:

  • Progressive, transparent, frequent and interactive communication through multiple mediums
  • Education, CE credits, credentialing 
  • Employment services for ministers and ministries
  • Expansion and alternative ministry support
  • Leadership training and development for boards, ministry teams, etc.
  • Administrative support/consulting – HR policy, IRS, pension, manse, etc.
  • Ministry Skills (formerly Peace Skills) consultations and ethics peer review
  • Events – Convention, Winter Meeting, IYOU, Youth & Family Ministry training, ministry team meetings, consultant trainings
  • Marketing of UWM’s services and products to the field

The formation of the Association of Unity Churches created two major organizations within the movement─the Association being the lesser-known. In 2011, the Association of Unity Churches International adopted the Unity Identity Program. As a result, we changed our name to Unity Worldwide Ministries. This focus on the Unity brand is uniting and strengthening our movement, making us more easily recognizable to the general public.

A history of Unity

"Development of Unity Worldwide Ministries" article  by Tom Thorpe

Tim Alderman






Diane Venzera





Mary Masters





Julie Armour






Jim Lee






David McArthur






Julie Montague






Marilyn Muehlbach






Dan Holloway






Pat Williamson






Roger Goodwin






Juan Enrique Toro






Argentina Glasgow






Clare Austin






Diane Sickler






Richard Mantei






Sharon Connors






John Strickland






Jimmie Scott






Norma Iris Rosado






Joel W. Baehr





Martha "Pat" Barker






Alan Rowbotham






Edie Skalitzky






R. Scott Sherman






Nancy Neal






V. Stanford Hampson






Maya Brandenberger






Jim Rosemergy






Larry Swartz






Marshall "Max" Lafser






Jay Dishman
♦1982-1983 (2 terms)





Jack Barker





Ruth Mosley






David McClure






Jack E. Boland





Bernard Dozier






Paul C. Barrett





Joyce Kramer






James C. Lewis





Robert L. Stevens





Dorothy M. Pierson





Grover Thornsberry





Glenn Mosley






Phillip M. Pierson






Johnnie Colemon






William W. Helmbold





Mary L. Kupferle





Charles A Neal